Laos - Eco-tourism • Adventure Trekking • River Running
Laos is one of the most pristine Eco-tourism, Adventure Trekking and River Running destinations in the world today. Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Plain of Jars, Nam Ngum Lake, the Nam Ou and Mekong Rivers are featured on this site along with Elephant Trekking and the Akha Tribal minority of Phongsaly are displayed in the "Most Beautiful in Laos 2012" selection of photographs by Maria Gates and Richard D. Fisher. Activities like river running on the Nam Ou, Balloon excursions over Vang Vieng and tubing the Nam Song river, visiting the Akha village culture of the far north of Laos, and on the Nam Ngum Lake nearby the capital of Vientiane, and are displayed here, in brilliant color photography for the current years of 2012 and 2013.
Laos is a beautiful and photogenic ecotourism destination.
These are some of the submissions by Maria Gates and Richard D. Fisher for the Most Beautiful in Laos Photo Contest in 2012.
Maria Gates was a prize winner and both Maria and Richard achieved Honorable Mention for several photographs.
Maria Gates won
$480 USD in the most beautiful in Laos Photo Contest for 2012. Photo by Bill
Maria is donating her winnings to the Laosian Orphanage. She is
also donating part of her winnings to the
Young Women’s Scholarship Fund in
2013 for English and computer classes at the Korean Charity School in Vang Vieng
Woman in Savannakhet Province which is in central Laos and this pipe smoking
Tribal Lady was photographed on the Vietnam Border.
This is just across the
line from the Quangtri Province of Vietnam, the fabled location of the Francis
Apocalypse Now movie released in 1979 starring Marlon
Brando, Martin Sheen and Robert Duval.
gold on the Nam Ou River “Rice Bowl River” in north central
sunset Laung Prabang Laos.
Oucaves on the Mekong River approximately 15 miles north of Laung Prabang.
As you can see, the cave shrine is noted for its hundreds of very small
Buddha sculptures in all kinds of forms
including teaching, peace,
meditation, rain and reclining which is called the nirvana
On the Nam Ou
River in the Village of Moung Ngoi.
“So great photograph,” said
The morning alms
quest by young Buddhist Monks in Laung Prabang. A
village is in a lush valley by the Nam Khan River in the ancient village of
River Joy Maria
Gates – Bill Chapman photo.
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Photos below are by Richard D. Fisher and were entered
in the Most Beautiful in Laos Photo Contest 2012. Some were
honorable mention. “Beautiful People in Beautiful Places” is Fisher’s trademark
signature and Laos
is certainly a place that has many beautiful people and
many beautiful places. Richard saw the photo contest as a
promoting tourism throughout Laos and appreciates the friendship of Maria Gates
in participating in
this website, photography and philanthropic venture, the
first of it’s kind that we know of.
woman in the village of Boun Neau northern Laos.
harvest fire. September 2012
Boun Neau Laos golden harvest and the location of the Phongsali
Vieng monsoon season is just spectacular, August 2012.
Japanese tourist photographs the Plain of Jars located in
the Xieng Khouang Plateau.
This plateau is at the northern end of the
Annamese Cordillera the main mountain range of Indo China.
The jars are dated
to the Iron Age which is 500 BCA to 500 CE.
The red teeth of the Akha
Hill Tribes women of northern Laos in the Oudomxai Province near the village of Muang
The red color is created by chewing the betel nut, a mild stimulant.
A beautiful young women of Akah Hill tribes with her traditional red ear tassles.
The author of the website asks any readers if they know the specific group of Akah that uses red ear tassles consistently?
Ngum River bend central Laos, September 2012. As the monsoon comes to a
of the Nam Ngum River near Vientiane Laos.
sunset over the Nam Song River, October 2012.
glory in Vang Vieng Laos.
Ngum Lake is the pride of Laos and a huge beautiful body of
fresh water in
the central section of the country.
Vang Vieng Laos • River Party Umbrella Girl
Fantasy Photography • Live the Life • Beautiful People in Beautiful Places
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